Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Jax Malcolm, and I’m a 15-year-old actor/director and philanthropist. I’ve been working in the entertainment industry for a decade. As an actor, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jonah Hill, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Nick Kroll, Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts. As a director, I’ve won several awards for my series “Conservation Invasion,” which focuses on kids taking an active role in preserving the environment. Some of the work I’m most proud of as a philanthropist is being speaker and Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and as a founding member of Heal the Bay’s Hollywood Ambassador Board. I work closely with Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and their children’s initiatives.
What do you love most about being an entertainer?
My favorite part about being an entertainer is that I get to play different characters and tell different stories. For a couple months I could be on stage playing a well-loved character that the audience knows, and then two weeks later I get to play a character in a film that the audience has never met before. My work is always changing, and I love that about being an entertainer.
How did you get your start?
I got my start in acting when I was 5 years old. I booked my very first commercial. It was a public service announcement for Smart Power. I got to play a mad scientist and talk about conserving energy. It was pretty cool because I have always loved science, and my Youtube series “Conservation Invasion” is about environmental stewardship.
What do you wish all kids knew about being famous?
Being an entertainer is definitely fun, but what most people don’t see is all the hard work and sacrifice that is part of being in the entertainment industry. I give up a lot of things to work as an actor. I’ve missed my school carnival for several years in a row due to work commitments. I miss parties and hanging out with my friends because I have an audition. Because this is what I want to do, it is worth it, but most people don’t understand the level of commitment you have to have to be successful in the entertainment industry.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
An actor, I was really lucky to find my calling at such a young age. I love the work I do and want to continue to grow as an actor. If I were to choose something it else, it would be a fashion designer. I just recently completed a design program and am working on a line of men’s accessories.
How do you balance school and your career?
It is important to be flexible and willing to do your work wherever you can. Just like any other kid who has extra-curricular activities like sports or scouts, I do my homework wherever I need to. So, whether it’s in the car on the way to an audition or in between takes on set, you figure out a way to fit it in.